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Janki Foundation Annual Lecture: Cultural Identity and Depression: A help or hindrance?



  • Event Date

    27, Nov 2017
    @ 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

  • Event Location

    Global Co-operation House, 65-69 Pound Lane, London NW10 2HH

  • Event Organizer

    The Janki Foundation

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The Janki Foundation Annual Lecture An event supporting healthcare professionals, caregivers, patients and the public.

An evening with Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE, President of the World Psychiatric Association & Sister Jayanti, European Director, Brahma Kumaris

Monday 27 November 2017 7.00pm – 8.45pm

Free Admission – No Registration required


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The cultures into which we are born and grow form a fundamental part of our sense of identity, and help to determine how we think and feel, and interact with one another. Sometimes an individual finds it hard to fit in with cultural demands, through inadequacies in their upbringing or circumstances. Cultures themselves, and the demands they put on us, may also become dysfunctional, such that millions suffer an extreme lack of self-worth, giving rise to widespread depression.
Social and medical help, and even just the learning that comes with life’s journey, can help to alleviate this risk.
But what are the expressions of depression in different cultural and religious contexts, and how might they be either over-estimated and over-medicalised, or underestimated and ignored? Professor Bhugra will explore examples from around the world to illustrate the cultural impact of depression, and how spirituality can be used to help people suffering from it.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE is Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund and Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School. His doctoral research was on the psychology of meditation. He has authored, edited or co-edited 25 books including “The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice” (2016). He has also published over 200 articles. Michael’s areas of research are team and organisational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to compassionate cultures and leadership of health services. He lectures internationally on reflexivity, meditation, mindfulness, and leadership.


Sister Jayanti, is European Director of the Brahma Kumaris, a global spiritual organisation that teaches meditation based on Raja Yoga philosophy. A teacher of meditation for over 45 years, Sister Jayanti has a unique ability to impart the deepest spiritual truths with great clarity and compassion. She is a keenly sought after author, speaker and broadcaster with a truly global vision—having travelled in over 90 countries. Sister Jayanti perceives the erosion of spiritual values as being one of the underlying causes of the crises the world is facing.


MC: Neville Hodgkinson is an author and journalist who worked for more than 30 years in UK newspapers, specialising in health, medicine, and science. He has had several books published, of which the latest is I Know How To Live, I Know How To Die, based on the teachings of Dadi Janki, President of The Janki Foundation.


How to find Global Co-operation House: The nearest underground station is 12 minutes away at Dollis Hill on the Jubilee Line (Chapter Road exit). Bus routes 226, 206 to Pound Lane & 6, 52, 98, 260, 266, 297 & 460 to Willesden Bus Garage.


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